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Widener Student Whose Internship Studied Snow Monkeys Serves as President for a Day

April 7, 2014

pres for a dayBy Maria Klecko ’15

Readers will remember Rachel Yenko-Martinka’s experience engaging with Japanese snow macaques as featured in the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine and her humorous poem poking fun at misperceptions about monkeys.

Yenko-Martinka recently traded places with Widener President James T. Harris III for the university’s 12th annual President for a Day program. For her platform of depression awareness and prevention, the senior biology/pre-veterinary major met with Chester Mayor John Linder and various groups such as We’re All Widener and crisis management and counseling. She also presented her cause to Widener’s Executive Team.

Meanwhile, President Harris fulfilled Yenko-Martinka’s role as a student. He attended her classes and vocal lesson, ate lunch with her friends, made liquid nitrogen ice cream with the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, and even sprayed part of his hair blue to match the tips of hers.

Yenko-Martinka’s final act as President for a Day was holding a sushi reception in the University Center Atrium.

For more about her experience, read a first-person account on Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.

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